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Managing Weed Competition in Newly Established Stands

Control of competing vegetation after planting pines or hardwoods improves survival and growth rates, and has become a common practice in the past 20 years due to the development of “selective herbicides”, which can be applied directly over-the-top of seedlings to control weeds without adverse effects to the trees.  Herbaceous weeds, especially grasses, are of concern during the establishment period, particularly when droughty conditions occur.  The choice of appropriate herbicide treatment depends on the crop tree species, weeds to be controlled, weed growth stage, and in some cases the soil texture (sand, silt, clay).

Site-Specific Recommendations for Southern Pines:

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